Angelo Di Benedetto was born and raised in Paterson, NJ. In 1930, he enrolled in the Cooper Union Art School in New York City. Di Benedetto graduated with a degree in freehand drawing in 1934. He received a scholarship to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts where he studied until 1937. That year, Di Benedetto returned to Paterson where he continued painting. He entered his first competitive exhibition at the Montclair, New Jersey Museum in 1938 and won both first prize and first honorable mention.
Di Benedetto joined the US Air Force in 1938 and toured in Haiti and Africa. He lived in Haiti for six months, painting and studying the culture, and even attending voodoo rituals. His Haitian paintings launched his fruitful career. Di Benedetto first received national attention in 1940 when Life Magazine reproduced the series of Haitian paintings. These works were also featured in a solo exhibition at the Montross Gallery in New York City. Encyclopedia Britannica purchased one of Di Benedetto's Haitian paintings for its collection of American modern artists in 1945. He also illustrated two books, How the Donkey Came to Haiti and Other Tales (1949), and Pancake Sees the World (1952) for children.
Calling of the Loa: Benedetto Paints the Voodoo Gods of Haiti. LIFE, January 1, 1940, 35.
After serving in WWII, Di Benedetto moved to Central City, Colorado where he lived the remainder of his life. During the 1960s and 1970s, he received numerous commissions, including a sculptured copper wall, eighty feet in length, for the Jewish Community Center (1962); sculpture garden for General Rose Hospital (1964); Burns Park which comprised nine sculptures by as many artists (1968); a neighborhood park sculpture in Yonkers, New York (1971); a sculpture for the Pueblo ice skating rink (1976); and a mural for the Colorado Judicial Building (1976).
Throughout his career he gave workshops, classes, and lectured on art and related topics around the country. He began teaching in 1949 at his home studio - a large warehouse - located in Central City. In 1950, he opened the Denver Art Center, which welcomed anyone interested in learning to draw or paint. Di Benedetto taught at the Jewish Community Center, Steele Community Center, the International House, Southern Colorado State College, and lectured on modern art at the University of Denver.
His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Montclair Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, University of Colorado, Associated American Artists, Museum of New Mexico, Haitian Art Center (NY),Tudor Gallery and Haigh Art Gallery (Denver),Bianchini Gallery (NY), Fairweather-Hardin Gallery, St. Louis Art Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Denver Art Museum.